September 25, 1976
Fred Bialek has a fairly good reputation as a practical manager in the National
mold. He is respected by Sporck and the rest of the industry. This is not the
end of the shake-ups.
Barbados is another one of the offshore facilities that ICE is familiar with.
With inflation and political unrest in the Far East we will see more
establishment of semi-conductor operations assembly in South American areas than
in the past.
NIPPON ELECTRIC 4K
Nippon apparently is doing fairly well with its 4K, although the yields are not
up to U.S. industry standards. As a licensee of Honeywell, they gained
experience in marketing to U.S. mainframe houses.
MM still needs a shot in the arm for expansion. The bit-slice market is going
to the AMD 2900, and although MM has a large share of the bipolar ROM/PROM
market, it is not gaining.
Teledyne's overall financial picture is improving. They may try to fix up their
As it turned out, Hoefler was right. Harris is leaning heavily on the watch
chip business these days, and is attempting to get out of that precarious
position with CMOS microprocessors. A few have been shipped.
AMI has too many overhead people for the size of their operation. A proper
housecleaning probably would not destroy morale.
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